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College Presidents


During its first four years, Westminster College acted without a president, the chairmanship of the faculty passing among the members on a rotating basis. The same procedure was used again from 1861 to 1864. The following have served as presidents of Westminster College:

Samuel Spahr Laws

1855 - 1861

John Montgomery

1864 - 1865

Michael Montgomery Fisher

1865 - 1868^

Nathan Lewis Rice

1868 - 1874

Michael Montgomery Fisher

1875 - 1877

Charles Campbell Hersman

1877 - 1887

William Hoge Marquess

1887 - 1894

Edward Clifford Gordon

1894 - 1897

John Jay Rice

1898 - 1899*

John Henry McCracken

1899 - 1903

John Jay Rice

1903 - 1904*

David Ramsey Kerr

1904 - 1911

Charles Brasee Boving

1911 - 1914

John Jay Rice

1914 - 1915*

Elmer Ellsworth Reed

1915 - 1926

Marion Edmund Melvin

1927 - 1933

Franc Lewis McCluer

1933 - 1947

William Webster Hall

1948 - 1954

Robert L. D. Davidson

1955 - 1973

Dale Purcell

1973 - 1976

William L. Stucker

1976 - 1977*

John Harvey Saunders

1977 - 1992

John E. "Jack" Marshall

1992 - 1993*

James F. Traer

1993 - 1999

Neal Creighton

1999 - 2000*

Fletcher M. Lamkin

2000 - 2007

George B. "Barney" Forsythe

2007 - 2015

Benjamin Ola. Akande

2015 - 2017

Carolyn Perry

2017 - Present^




*denotes interim term
^denotes "acting" president - not formally appointed as interim

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